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Adrian Clark, Staff Writer

    Have you ever felt yourself getting lost in nostalgia? Well, for those of you who don't know, nostalgia or being nostalgic is the feeling of having a longing for the past. In most cases, this is connected to a happy period or place. This feeling can be triggered by many components such as smell, taste, music, place, and more. Have you ever, for example, smelled the aroma of cookies and it automatically makes you think of your grandma? Or have you ever seen something that reminds you of an old friend? Nostalgia often radiates optimism and helps a person think more hopefully. By experiencing nostalgia, you can look back to move forward. Unfortunately, looking back isn’t always helpful. Nostalgia also has the potential to be very sad and depressing. It can reach for those sad memories everyone has. Sometimes the happiest memories can also be the saddest ones.

    Nostalgia owes its power, which can affect the way you make decisions in your life, to the strength of memories. As you know, memories are powerful things. Even memories from several years ago can shape who you are today. You can find yourself reliving memories that remind you of all the things you've been through in your life, such as fears you've faced, challenges you've conquered, and adventures you've had. These sorts of memories remind you of how rich your life has been and give you assurance that you can overcome future problems. Nostalgia can help boost your positivity and change your decision making. Being nostalgic can make you think that there is more to life than just going through the motions, that there is something connecting you to all these past memories and feelings. Reliving past fond memories can make you feel happy for the most part, but also can cause you to feel sadness as if the memory is faded and lost. The past can help you see how much you've grown as a person, making you excited and optimistic to move forward in life.

    Nostalgia can turn into a depressing sadness that inhibits progress, so here are some things you can do to move on from the past. You can be realistic. Although you may make comparisons between the past and the present, you can accept and adapt to the life you have now. The second thing you can do is talk with happy people. Hanging out with people who always seem down won't help your own positivity and happiness. Don't focus on the sadness. Look forward to the happy things in life. Although the past can have sad memories, you have the opportunity to look only at the good.

    Practicing healthy habits can also temper nostalgia. Taking care of your physical and mental health should be a top priority. Some healthy habits include exercise, meditation, eating well, and developing your self-esteem. These will allow you to have more energy and have the ability to overcome challenges and problems in life. The last thing you can do is seek medical help if you can't get over your nostalgia. A therapist or counselor will be able to give you more personalized assistance. Despite these risks, remembering the past is a useful tool. Remember, you don't know the true value of a moment until it becomes a memory.